In his latest proposed capital improvement plan, Mr. Ireton wants an entirely new tax – called a stormwater utility fee – to generate more revenue for the lofty goal of improving water quality. By calling it a “fee” for a “utility” it can be imposed (like Maryland’s infamous “flush tax”) without raising the tax rate. The plan suggests that he is looking to raise about $19 Million per year with this scam – so that the hit would be substantial. But (surprise) it won’t be in the City’s budget until after the upcoming election.
Ireton’s plan also includes humongous new debt and spending – including $35 Million, to be raised by bonds, just for fixing the waste water treatment plant (the net amount, after attorney’s fees, from the lawsuits is not nearly enough).
And, even with all that new debt, which will require higher taxes and sewer and water bills, and the new “fee”, Mr. Ireton is proposing to further postpone major infrastructure projects that are very important, such as replacing the sewer main in North Division Street, due to lack of funds.
If this plan is followed, Salisbury residents will pay much higher taxes, water and sewer bills and new “stormwater utility fees,” while the City’s infrastructure continues to crumble and fail.
What do you think? What about that $16 Million surplus that Mr. Ireton crows about in his campaign propaganda? Is that another of his political scams since the City needs to raise many times that amount just to do the basic repair and replacement of its infrastructure?